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    1st time land vacation to Aruba

    We leave Sat. and I have a few questions.

    1) Flying in from USA , we only need a passport, correct? Read something just now about a visa but I don't think it's for us. Any tips on airport, coming or going?

    2) we are renting a car, they drive on the left in Aruba, correct? Any tips about driving? Never drove on the left before

    3) We wanted to bring some package food items in our suitcase, english muffins, cereal and peanut butter and Jelly. Is that all ok to bring in. No plans on any meat or anything frozen.

    4) Is Aruba on daylight savings time same as EST?

    Any other tips or suggestions for a first timers

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    Welcome to the forum... and you're gonna love Aruba.

    1. Passport is all you need.

    2. No need to worry about driving (other than being careful).... Drive on the right just like USA.

    3. Should be no problem with the food you mentioned.

    4. Same time as Eastern Standard Time.

    When packing..... leave half of what you tried to pack at home..... and you'll still have too much. Take a bunch 'o sunscreen.

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    welcome judy!

    as CP said !!!

    (and driving...NO turn on red)

    bring less clothes
    bring more $
    bring more sunscreen AND a hat
    bring a patient attitude as many things move a bit slower on island.

    where are you staying?


    Quote Originally Posted by Judyf View Post
    We leave Sat. and I have a few questions.

    1) Flying in from USA , we only need a passport, correct? Read something just now about a visa but I don't think it's for us. Any tips on airport, coming or going?

    2) we are renting a car, they drive on the left in Aruba, correct? Any tips about driving? Never drove on the left before

    3) We wanted to bring some package food items in our suitcase, english muffins, cereal and peanut butter and Jelly. Is that all ok to bring in. No plans on any meat or anything frozen.

    4) Is Aruba on daylight savings time same as EST?

    Any other tips or suggestions for a first timers

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    Hi Judy! Welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum!

    Airport is very easy to navigate - just go with the flow. And let that be the mantra of your trip. Everything is on island time There is a small duty free shop at baggage claim.

    If there are any restaurants you have your heart set on trying, please make sure you make a reservation ASAP
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Hi Judy, welcome to the forum! We bring similar packaged food and frozen meals too, no problems. As a first timer, understand the island moves a bit slower than you are probably used to, like everything moves slower. Aruba is all about relaxing and taking it easy. You can go online and fill out your ED card to help move through immigration on arrival. Don't try to book too many activities or restaurants on this trip, you can always book more on your next trip... and don't do Kukoo Kunuku on your last night

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    Thanks everyone, great info!!!!

    Why did I think they drove on the opposite side? I have no idea, that makes it much easier!!!

    Where would I find the ED card? First I heard of this!

    We're staying at a timeshare trade at the Caribbean Palm Resort, off the beach, we have a one bedroom condo.

    Any other tips on what to bring from home for Breakfast and lunch? Can I bring a small bottle of olive oil, I wanted to bring the one I have open so I don't need to bring it back home, it this ok? Or does it need to be sealed? Looking for other ideas, I might not have thought of.

    We will eat out for dinners, looking for suggestions on where to eat, neither one of us eat seafood or steak. Nothing fancy just decent food at a fair price. I read food is fairly expensive. Maybe a few places to grab something to eat close to the beach too.

    It's crunch time and now all these questions are coming to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judyf View Post
    Where would I find the ED card? First I heard of this!

    We will eat out for dinners, looking for suggestions on where to eat, neither one of us eat seafood or steak. Nothing fancy just decent food at a fair price. I read food is fairly expensive. Maybe a few places to grab something to eat close to the beach too.
    ED card is the Embarkation and Disembarkation - https://edcardaruba.aw/

    I don't enjoy seafood or steak and have been able to find a chicken or pasta/vegetable dish at any restaurant we've gone to. Barney's is great for decent food at a fair price. So is Matthews, Islander Grill, Legends, etc.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    print those immigration forms.
    they may/may not take them at immigration when you arrive.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    ED card is the Embarkation and Disembarkation - https://edcardaruba.aw/

    I don't enjoy seafood or steak and have been able to find a chicken or pasta/vegetable dish at any restaurant we've gone to. Barney's is great for decent food at a fair price. So is Matthews, Islander Grill, Legends, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judyf View Post
    We leave Sat. and I have a few questions.

    1) Flying in from USA , we only need a passport, correct? Read something just now about a visa but I don't think it's for us. Any tips on airport, coming or going?

    2) we are renting a car, they drive on the left in Aruba, correct? Any tips about driving? Never drove on the left before

    3) We wanted to bring some package food items in our suitcase, english muffins, cereal and peanut butter and Jelly. Is that all ok to bring in. No plans on any meat or anything frozen.

    4) Is Aruba on daylight savings time same as EST?

    Any other tips or suggestions for a first timers
    Have a wonderful time. Welcome to the forum.
    Last edited by Sue M.; 03-20-2018 at 04:01 PM.

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    Since the US is on Daylight Savings Time now, it is the same time as the east coast. When the US is on standard time, Aruba is an hour ahead.

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